Impact by Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Length: Short Story (122 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, anal sex
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Amaryllis
Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.
Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career, true love, and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.
Will this bullfighter allow his fears and anxiety to control him forever or will he find the courage to be himself and to take what he wants? Jessica is a woman who knows herself and knows what she wants. She’s discovered her submissive yearnings through reading BDSM materials and fiction and she wants to explore this side of herself. She wants to explore it with Connor.
But Connor is a man controlled by his fear and anxiety of being discovered as a Dom by other people in the bull riding circuit in which he works. We’re shown that Connor can be brave in the beginning of the story when he plays white knight to a sub who is being abused by her Dom in a sex club. However, he's afraid to let himself be his Dominant self in other areas of his life, afraid to take the chance that someone might find out the whole truth of what he is. Paralyzed by his fear, he watches Jessica and lusts for her in secret while allowing himself casual, furtive play with women he met in clandestine sex clubs. When Jessica is abused, Connor is forced to take action. This sets in motion a chain of events that ends with them in bed together.
The prose is smooth and flows nicely. The sex is hot and descriptive. Connor is a Dom with a tender, nurturing side. He’s not overly exacting or controlling. Jessica accepts and embraces her sub nature. She’s no brat or drama junkie. Aside from Connor’s fears of discovery and reluctance to just let go, there is very little inter-personal conflict between them. Neither is afraid to love or admit to themselves that they have feelings for the other. They have a heated affair and mesh very well in their sexual tastes but Connor is not satisfied. He must live a BDSM lifestyle in all parts of his life with a woman and it’s just too risky on the bull riding circuit. He wants the freedom to bend Jessica over his knee whenever he feels the need.
The main conflict of the story between Connor and Jessica is his continuing reluctance to show his true self to the world. There’s the fear that the people who work the bull riding circuit with them may discover the exact nature of their affair. Will they be discovered? Can they find a way to share their love and live the lifestyle that Connor needs and Jessica is coming to need? You’ll have to read Impact to find out. In my opinion, it would be a great read for anyone who enjoys a straightforward BDSM love story with a bull-riding flavor.